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2017 Technology Trends

Posted on: January 19th, 2017 by Jessica Diehl No Comments

As president, I am often indirectly asked to talk about the direction of IT/2017 technology trends….like I have insight into something that you don’t.

Sometimes, I do have insight, not because of my title, but we because and I read and talk to leaders in the IT leadership community.  Some trends that will continue to grow are:

  • Security will remain the pink elephant of 2017 technology trends. Many people will conclude that there is no problem for their business, because they have no evidence to prove them wrong.  When these people are proven wrong, it is often too late for them and often a long overdue indicator that leadership is out of touch.  Security requires more budget than ever to stay on top of.  Ransomware in 2017 should invoke a Tora, Tora, Tora response in all of our hearts and checkbooks.
  • Virtualization is still in the stone age. We have servers and desktop running virtual software.  We don’t have mobile phone and tablet OS running in VM, yet.  With most of the world using mobile devices to access the internet more than with wired devices, we have a lot of room for many vendors to come up with the “final answer” for virtualization.
  • Screens will be more and more important. We stare at 27” monitors for 9 to 10 hours a day, and watch TV on a 55” TV for an hour or two.  That shall continue to evolve with screen size tilting towards bigger work screens.
  • Online everything will continue to grow. A few years ago, swipe right meant nothing to anyone.  Ask a single person what swipe right means, and you will get a chuckle.  Ask a single person in your office now, if you don’t believe me.
  • The Internet of things will continue to impress. IP enabled Clothing will expand.  Safety issues will generate wide scale acceptance of IoT devices.
  • IT will move to the cloud at a faster and faster rate. Fear of “what if” will lose the battle to “its not my problem” thinking.  The hardware business for individual IT folks will contract.

There are many more 2017 technology trends that I could express and expand on.  That said, this list is already too long for anyone intelligent to address. Perhaps you can do a good job on one or two of these issues, but not all of them.

You need help addressing this stuff.  We can help you with this.  And it costs less than you think…so I think!

by: Jeff Gaura, President

The Internet of Everything means even more on IT’s plate

Posted on: March 18th, 2015 by webadmin No Comments

Today, less than 1 percent of things in the physical world are network connected. In the near future, the growth of the Internet of Everything (IoE) will invade all that we know.

IoE is the convergence of people, processes, data, and things.  It will make networked connections more relevant and valuable than ever before, creating unprecedented opportunities for countries, businesses, and individuals.
Although the number of devices, applications, and bandwidth demands are growing, the size of IT staff and budget remains static. IT organizations are struggling to manage the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend and growth of mobile devices and traffic.

They face two main challenges:

  • Complexity of managing separate wired and wireless networks, multiple management systems, multiple network operating systems, and chaotic device on-boarding processes.
  • Inconsistency of wired and wireless architecture, policy, security, features, and operations. When compared with wired networks, wireless also does not have the same level of granular quality of service (QoS), policy, and security enforcement close to endpoint devices.

Hire The Network Team to help you handle the vision setting required to face the Internet of Everything.  Hire TNT to design and install the tools needed to manage and monitor. Hire us to help you take all this information to make leading edge business decisions.

You want this to be part of your edge….not an edge that only your competitors know about.

Contact The Network Team for a free 2 hour network assessment to get started.

Digital Dark Age – Could It Happen?

Posted on: February 18th, 2015 by webadmin No Comments

What is a digital dark age?  Hollywood figured it out a long time ago.  Mad Max, Escape from New York, even Wall-E all address the “what if” scenario that has not yet happened.

But it might.  And, the act of playing through these “what if’s” is of interest.  What if we have no power?  What if we lose access permanently to the Internet?

The world has become increasingly dependent on a digital lifestyle.  How many, if any, physical photos do you have? Do you have any hard copies of your resume?  Think of the plethora of emails with important information or sentimental thoughts in them that you have never printed.

Vint Cerf, a “father” of the Internet and an execute of Google recently announced at a talk that we should consider making hard copies of our photos, as backwards compatibility of future software with the present software is not a given.

That means, print out your photos and make albums.

But let’s take it out of the personal realm, and into the professional.  Ask yourself, “how might a loss of access to the Internet, even if only for a month, impact me and my business?”

After all, the government thinks that our biggest vulnerability lies not in a physical attack on US soil but a cyber attack?

Are you protected against a loss of power for a day?  Do you have a plan to operate without Internet access?  TNT loves helping people ask these questions and sort out what their uncertainties mean to their businesses.  Contact us to begin the conversation.

So, a copy of Windows walks into a bar….

Posted on: January 28th, 2015 by Jeff Gaura No Comments

Microsoft is releasing Windows 10 soon.  When it goes “live” that will put 4 distinct production versions of Windows in the category of supported.

Sometimes, small, medium and large represent too many choices.  Now, we are offering small, small medium, medium large and large.  I can’t even type that without having to think about what I am saying.

Three kinds of gas are not the most efficient way to offer fuel, but give folks more than 4 kinds of gas, and it gets to be overwhelming.  Three sizes of Pizza is enough.

Do you really think this will last?  Will people really embrace the idea of supporting 4 flavors of Windows internally?

People, Windows 7 may have been the path of least resistance to address the end of Windows XP; but, going to what will soon be the oldest of 4 supported operating systems isn’t the wisest long-term decision ever made.

Consider doing a Proof of Concept for a newer version of Windows.  Find the newest one that works in your environment and use it.  Don’t take anyone’s word that it will work.  Put it on your network and stress test it.

We are here to help.  TNT has multiple engineers who can setup 8.1 (currently the newest) on a few devices in your network and teach you how to use it….you can’t just use your old Windows XP/7 sort of thinking and expect to find it to be very efficient.

It’s not.  Someone needs to show you how to get the bang out of Windows 8.1  We are ready to do that. Contact us to set up a Proof of Concept.